Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tuolumne County Superior Court Mediation

Yesterday, I did a mediation that involved an attorney and his client over a fee dispute. Having taken previous training on "Fee Disputes", the training was valuable when the client sued the attorney as he felt the retainer that he had paid was not worthy of the attorney's services.

Within 2 hours both parties reached an agreement. Prior to mediation the attorney desired binding arbitration.

Mediation brought about a better understanding, open communication and resolve.

Mediation with a "neutral" was key along with compromise.

The Tuolumne County Superior Court in Sonora has a new Alternative Dispute Resolution program and mediation has been very effective in high rates of settlement versus the time involved with litigation.